The first Continental Congress met in 1774, and it wasn't until 1788 that the basis for our modern government emerged. That is 14 long years of well educated men debating the proper place of government, trying to balance the need to protect individual liberty with the need to have an effective government.
I can imagine the hot summer days, no air conditioning, and men who had no modern distractions of television or internet to pull their minds away from the task at hand. I often wonder how many of our founding fathers thumbed through a copy of "Republic" or "Leviathan" as they argued what the shape of the future should look like.
14 years to collectively look at a problem. 14 years to learn, debate, and gain a common understanding of the economic, social, and political realities facing the 13 colonies cum states. In contrast the war for independence lasted from 1775 to 1783, a mere 8 years. Anyone remember the first president of the United States? John Hanson? He served a one year term, and notably John Hancock was also President a few years later.
More than once I've been tempted to say "screw it" and avoid blogging about the politics of freedom, and where we want to end up in the future. But then I remember the founding fathers, and they didn't get it perfectly right in 14 years.
It is easy to learn the tactics of the Infantry. It is hard to build a government that encourages citizens to learn the tactics of the Infantry because it has no fear of revolution, because it enjoys the full consent of the governed from who it draws legitimacy.
On another historical note, Congress met in a large number to taverns, a practice that I think should be adopted again.